Gin Cocktails with Sparkling Wine

Limeade and cilantro make this gin cocktail super refreshing.  The sparkling wine adds a little fun!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*The sparkling wine in this recipe was provided by One Hope Wine.  You can read more about why I’m working with them in my post from Day 1 of this series on Wine Cocktails! 

When I started out making the cocktails for my Wine Cocktails series I thought I would just be following recipes.  I didn’t have confidence in trying to make up my own as I didn’t really know how the wine would work with the liquor.  But this was my last recipe to make and while I liked the recipe that I followed, I thought it was missing something.  And I knew exactly what it was.  Cilantro.  Not a typical cocktail ingredient but it totally works with this!  It goes great with lime and also with the gin since it typically also has some herbal notes to it.

A yummy gin cocktail topped with @onehopewine sparkling wine!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt’s super easy to make!  You just need to remember to set out the frozen limeade a little ahead of time to thaw.  I didn’t really worry about thawing it out too much but I could see how you would be able to mix it up a little better for more balanced flavors if it was all liquid. 

Muddle cilantro for this gin cocktail.  It pairs perfectly with the herbal notes in the gin. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comRinse the cilantro and tear off a handful of cilantro leaves.  Put them in your glass, top with the limeade and muddle. I have frozen limeade in my freezer at all times.  Not only can you use it to marinade chicken breasts but it is also a main ingredient in the world’s best margaritas.  And the stuff lasts for a really long time (so you know it is all processed and chemically and delicious). 

A refreshing summer cocktail with gin and sparkling wine!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAdd ice to your glass…

Gin cocktail with sparkling wine and cilantro // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThen add your gin and sparkling wine. 

A delicious and refreshing gin and sparkling wine cocktail. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comGrab a spoon and give it a quick spin in the glass.  Mmmmmm.  I love cilantro.  I know it isn’t for everyone.  If you are a cilantro hater, you could probably try it with basil.  I know a basil gimlet is one of the best drinks ever so topping it with some sparkling wine isn’t going to hurt anything.

Cilantro Lime Gin Cocktail with Sparkling Wine

Ingredients

  • Serves 2
  • 1/4 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1 1/3 cup sparkling wine
  • A few sprigs of cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a glass add cilantro leaves and limeade.
  2. Muddle the cilantro.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Top with gin and then add sparkling wine.
  5. Use a spoon to give it a gentle stir.
  6. Recipe (with a few changes) from: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/lemon-gin-sparkling-cocktails-50400000111989/
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/gin-cocktails-sparkling-wine/

A refreshing gin cocktail with flavors of lime and cilantro and topped with sparkling wine!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’m learning to really enjoy gin.  It isn’t usually my first choice of liquors but I always love them when I order a cocktail made with gin at a bar.  Need more gin cocktails?  Try out the gin sorbet float and this Meyer lemon and basil gin cocktail.

A huge thank you to all the brands, like One Hope Wine, that sent product this week so I could produce this series so I didn’t break the bank buying alcohol!  Be sure to check out all the other wine based cocktails that I shared this week!  Day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4!

Spiced Rum Cocktails with White Zinfandel

My new favorite drink!  Perfect for summer.  This right here should be called party punch!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*The rum for this post was provided by Captain Morgan 1671 Spiced Rum.  All opinions, images, etc. are my own.  And I finally made the life decision that I am a spiced rum girl, white rum can take a hike.  Don’t get me wrong, if someone is offering me rum cocktails I will not turn my nose up at ones made with white rum.

Day 4 of wine cocktail week.  How are you holding up? So THIS cocktail I wasn’t expecting much from.  It is the one that I thought I would like the least.  No disrespect to the White Zin, but I’m not really a fan.  So color me surprised when this turned out to be my favorite drink out of all of them that I made.  And I know you are going to love it too.  And just in case you missed them, check out day 1, day 2 and day 3 cocktails too.

Ingredients for the perfect summer cocktail!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWrap your head around this:  Spiced rum, White Zinfandel, pineapple juice, lemon lime soda, fresh cherries and fresh lime.  What?!  How is that all supposed to work together in harmony in my mouth?  To me, these ingredients go together the way the British aristocracy on Ladies of London go with the brash American gals.  But trust me.  You’ll be coming back to this recipe.  

Didn't think I was a rum fan, but I figured out I really like spiced rum. I think it helps bring a nice sweetness to drinks.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSpiced rum adds this really great richness to drinks.  I think it helps to provide a nice sweetness and depth of flavors even when just using it with just a fresh fruit juice.  Captain Morgan 1671 is a commemorative blend, that in my opinion you need to track down, with notes of vanilla and dried fruit.  I am a fan. 

A wine cocktail with spiced rum and tropical fruit flavors!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe fresh cherries and lime slices are muddled lightly using the back of a spoon to release their juices.

A tropical treat with Spiced Rum and White Zinfandel  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhat happens when all these ingredients come together is purely magical.  I took this recipe straight from the Captain Morgan website (they have a cool feature where you can tell it what type of rum you are using and it will give you recipes).  This recipe, called Tortuga Nights, is my new favorite pool cocktail.  You have a favorite pool cocktail right?  This is a crowd pleaser.  Its tropical and fruity without being too sweet.  It’s  pretty to look at and super smooth to drink.  And your guests will most likely not have tried it before so you can be their hero.  Bookmark this recipe!

Muddled cherry and lime brings a freshness to this tropical treat! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe recipe that I am sharing is for one serving but pop on over to their site and up it to 20 for the perfect recipe to make this as a party punch!  

Tortuga Nights from Captain Morgan 1671

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Spiced Rum
  • 1 3/4 oz White Zinfandel
  • 3/4 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz lemon lime soda
  • 3 lime slices
  • 2 pitted cherries

Instructions

  1. In an ice filled glass add Captain Morgan, wine, pineapple juice and soda.
  2. In a chilled wine glass add two pitted cherries and 3 lime slices.
  3. With the back of a spoon, gently press on the fruit to release their juices.
  4. Pour cocktail in to chilled wine glass.
  5. Recipe from Captain Morgan 1671: http://thebar.com/en/drink-recipe/captain-morgan-black-tortuga-nights
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/spiced-rum-cocktails-white-zinfandel/

Spiced rum and white zinfandel make this cocktail super yummy.  Oh and the cherries and lime help too! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThank you for supporting the brands, like Captain Morgan 1671, that make it easier for me to produce the series that I want to create and think you will like. Now go make this!!!

Wine Cocktail Week:

Day 1: Pinot Noir and Tequila Cocktail

Day2: Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini

Day 3: Ginger Peach Sauvignon Blanc Sangria

 

Pressed Juices for Keeping Cool this Summer

Fresh pressed juices to keep you cool this summer.  #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Evolution Fresh. I received coupons for EvolutionFresh juices to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I might be sort of addicted to pressed juices.  They just taste so fresh and have such fun flavor combos.  We have a few juice places by my house but sometimes I feel weird going in there for a juice.  Those people are pretty fanatical about it.  It’s a little overwhelming to me.  And I’m never going to do a juice cleanse.  Like, ever. I need to chew. I love that I can find Evolution Fresh juices in my market. I can easily add them to my cart when I’m doing my regular grocery shopping (I know all my local Ralphs and Albertson’s carry it as well as smaller, more health focused markets like Mother’s and Sprouts.  Whole Foods carries the most varieties).  It can’t get easier than that. And while I have pretty much sworn off milkshakes, etc. for my new healthier lifestyle, these are delicious treat to breakup the water and tea.

Essentials for running errands in the heat. #sponsored  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSince they are already in my fridge, I can easily grab one when I’m on my way out the door.  When I run errands I am a madwoman.  I just want to get them done and get home to my other chores.  I would not add on another stop just to stop off at a juice place for a juice.  And because they are fresh pressed that mean they keep the nutrients that most juices lose in regular processing.  They taste like the real fruit and I feel like they are healthy.  

Keep cool in summer by grabbing an Evolution Juice before you run out to do your errands.  #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI know that even 100% juices can have a lot of sugar so I make sure that I drink them on days when I am really active.  I feel better about doing that than drinking them if I am going to be at the computer all day.  But then there are days when you just need a little sweet treat to get you through the afternoon.  This is a much better choice than a whole bag of caramel corn.  (She says feeling guilty about the other day…)

Drink the rainbow. #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThey say you should eat the rainbow, but I think from the photo above it is quite clear what part of the rainbow I favor… Evolution Fresh carries several green-focused juices that are actually quite tasty but they are not my first choice. Vegetables never will be.  Sorry, veggies. 

Quick cocktails with Evolution Juice #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd when 5 o’clock rolls around, there is no easier way to ease in to happy hour than with a cocktail.  The flavors of these drinks are already balanced and sweet so all you have to do is add your favorite liquor.  It can’t get easier and you are still being mindful of your waist line.  Can we talk for a second about this Ginger Limeade? Because that is my fave drink. And you hardly ever find it anywhere, let alone bottled that you can keep at the ready.  I’m in love. This is my favorite flavor by far.  And it’s not too sweet which I love. I’d really like to get my hands on the Spicy Lemonade flavor!  Imagine how good that would be as a margarita! Check out the blog, The Almanac, for more yummy sounding recipes and ways to work Evolution Fresh juices in to your daily life. 

My kids love the Organic Strawberry Lemonade from Evolution Juice.  #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comGuess who else loves these fresh pressed juices from Evolution Fresh?  My kids LOVE strawberry lemonade so I was super happy to find that they made that flavor.  And I love that there are all kinds of blends to choose from like the one my older son had called “Defense Up.”  He thought it was helping with his ninja powers… Be sure to read each label for allergen ingredients.  My son was unable to drink the lemonade due to it being made on machinery that also processes tree nuts.  But he was fine with some of the other flavors that were just processed in the same facility.

Make a fresh pressed juice icee for you kids for a healthier summer treat.  #sponsored //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comLast summer we were all in to snow cones. We bought all those horrific sugar and dye filled syrups and the kids ate the all the time.  But this year I got wise and figured that we could make a much healthier snow cone.  Our Ninja Blender makes the best, most fluffy shaved ice!  You just throw in a bunch of ice and blend away.  Then you add it to a cup and pour your favorite juice blend over the top.

A healthy summer snack for the kids!  Shave some ice and top with fresh pressed Evolution Juices! #sponsored www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy kids love ice in the summer.  And this is a super refreshing treat or snack for them that is so much healthier than most of the others out there!

A great way to get benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI mean, look at that face.  If that doesn’t make you want to run out and go buy some Evolution Fresh juices, I don’t know what will.  Can we talk about his outfit for a moment?  Visually take it all in.  There’s a lot going on.

Find out more about Evolution Fresh pressed juices and how their processing procedure.

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Champagne Cocktails with Ginger and Peach

Delicious Wine cocktail with fresh ginger and peach.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*Wine was provided by One Hope Wine for this post.  Because they are a super awesome company.  And they work with bloggers really well. And I heart them. 

Wine cocktails are awesome.  I know because this is day 3 of my wine cocktail series. This Ginger Peach Sparkling Sangria cocktail doesn’t have any liquor in it, but it does also include Sauvignon Blanc.  So that’s cool in my book.  And it has sparkling wine.  Good also.  This is almost like a single serving sangria.  It’s good.  Real good. Did you miss the red wine cocktail from day 1? Tell me you didn’t miss the Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini from day 2!!!

Ginger Peach Wine Cocktail with sparkling wine and Sauvignon Blanc. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAs I mentioned before, I didn’t create these recipes from scratch.  I had no idea how wine and liquor worked together and felt like I should sort of get to know them before I tried my hand and cocktail creation.  But since this one didn’t include liquor, I took some liberties.  You know what does go well together?  Ginger and peaches.  So I modified this recipe to suit my tastes.  I also subbed out the white wine since I LOVE Sauvignon Blanc. 

A perfect cocktail for summer!  Like a quick sangria!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe smell of muddling fresh peaches and ginger was almost as intoxicating as the wine. 

Muddle fresh gingers and peach and top with wine! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAdd the Sauvignon Blanc and give it a little stir.  You want the flavors to start to marry together. 

Wine cocktail recipe with Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling Wine  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAdd ice to the glass and then top with sparkling wine.  A few dashes of bitters will keep the drink balanced and from getting too sweet. 

Sparkling wine cocktail with Sauvignon Blanc and fresh ginger and peaches!  So good! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYUM!  If you are a white wine drinker, you will love this.  If you are a sparkling wine gal, you’ll want this in your mouth.  If you love summer peaches, this is your drink.  If you are breathing, this is your jam.  So fresh, so summery, so wonderful.

Ginger Peach Sparkling Sangria

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 oz Brut Sparkling Wine
  • 1/4 of a fresh peach, chopped
  • 3/4" piece of peeled ginger, rough chopped
  • 3/4 oz agave
  • Bitters

Instructions

  1. In a glass, add peaches, ginger and agave and muddle.
  2. Add wine.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Top with sparkling wine.
  5. Add a few dashes of bitters
  6. Use a straw or bar spoon to give it a little whirl.
  7. Enjoy.
  8. But I must warn you, the pieces will get stuck in the straw...
  9. Recipe adapted from this one: http://winefolly.com/update/herbal-wine-cocktails/
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/champagne-cocktails-ginger-peach/

A very big thank you to One Hope Wine for providing wine for this fun series.  I had a really great time learning about wine based cocktails and learning more about this great company. Did you  know that just by buying One Hope Wine you can help some really great causes?  You can.  Find out more about their amazing charity here.

Day 1: One Hope Pinto Noir and Tequila Cocktail
Day 2: Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini

And this is still one of my favorite ways to make sparkling wine cocktails.

 

Cocktail Recipes with Sauvignon Blanc

Strawberry and Sauvignon Blanc Martini  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*One Hope Wine sent me wine to use in this post.  Which is super awesome so I could spend money on taking my kids somewhere fun instead of buying the wine I needed to produce this series.  That’s rad.

If you missed yesterday, then you don’t know that I am in day 2 of Wine Cocktails Week.  Yesterday was red wine based cocktail recipes. It had to be done. I couldn’t cram all these delicious cocktail recipes, featuring wine, in to one post. And so we have a full week of them! Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite wine. So I couldn’t wait to add it to a few drinks and see how they tasted. I used this recipe as a guideline but swapped the watermelon juice (too much work, I’m lazy, and I’m not a huge fan of watermelon) for muddled strawberries. YUM!

Strawberry Vodka Martini Recipe with White Wine //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis drink could be considered a martini due to the vodka. (I know that doesn’t MAKE a martini but in my head it does and I don’t know enough about James Bond to know how he drinks them…) The vodka, wine and club soda are tasty.  Then add the lemon juice and strawberries…WOW!

Cool quote on the side of a @onehopewine cork!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI absolutely loved that there was an inspiring quote on the side of the One Hope Wine cork.  A pretty cool touch if you ask me.

Wine based cocktails with @onehopewin  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo I muddled the lemon juice and some fresh berries then topped it with some wine and the vodka.  Shake it up with some ice and you are done. Super easy and totally different.  Make these for your friends.  You will totally impress them.  And that is what friendship is all about, right? One-upping them? No? Oops.

White wine based cocktail recipe: Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comStrain in to a martini glass and you’ve got yourself a delicious Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini.

Strawberry Martini with Sauvignon Blanc  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis cocktail was super tasty.  The strawberries added a nice sweetness and the lemon juice really brightened it up.  I’ll admit to being a total nerd about these cocktails.  I had a blast trying them all out! (A note: my neighbor got super lucky because I would make a drink, taste it, shoot the photos and then take it to her house and keep working on the other ones. I’ll let you know if anyone ever moves out of my neighborhood so you can move in…)

Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc (I used One Hope Wine)
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3 fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice (I used Meyer lemons. That's my jam.)
  • 1 1/2 oz soda water

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice and fresh strawberries.
  2. With a muddler, muddle the berries.
  3. Add vodka and Sauvignon Blanc.
  4. Add ice and shake well.
  5. Strain in to a chilled martini glass.
  6. Recipe adapted from here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/g2121/cocktails-made-with-wine/?slide=13
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/cocktail-recipes-sauvignon-blanc/

Sauvignon Blanc from @onehopewine  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThank you for supporting the brands that allow me to create projects, series, etc. by providing product, compensation, etc. One Hope Wine is good people.

Day 1:  Red Splash cocktail with Pinot Noir and Tequila